Orientation Infrastructure SOP

Basic orientation and introduction to the sysadmin group. Welcome aboard!

Contact Information


Fedora Infrastructure Team


#fedora-admin, sysadmin-main


Provide basic orientation and introduction to the sysadmin group


Fedora’s Infrastructure team is charged with keeping all the lights on, improving pain points, expanding services, designing new services and partnering with other teams to help with their needs. The team is highly dynamic and primarily based in the US. This is only significant in that most of us work during the day in US time. We do have team members all over the globe though and generally have decent coverage. If you happen to be one of those who is not in a traditional US time zone you are encouraged to be around, especially in #fedora-admin during those times when we have less coverage. Even if it is just to say "I can’t help with that but $ADMIN will be and he should be here in about 3 hours".

The team itself is generally friendly and honest. Don’t be afraid to disagree with someone, even if you’re new and they’re an old timer. Just make sure you ask yourself what is important to you and make sure to provide data, we like that. We generally communicate on libera.chat in #fedora-admin. We have our weekly meetings on matrix and its the quickest way to get in touch with everyone. Secondary to that we use the mailing list. After that it’s our ticketing system and talk.fedoraproject.org.

Welcome to the team!

Time commitment

Often times this is the biggest reason for turnover in our group. Some groups like sysadmin-web and certainly sysadmin-main require a huge time commitment. Don’t be surprised if you see people working between 10-30 hours a week on various tasks and that’s the volunteers. Your time commitment is something personal to each individual and its something that you should take some serious thought about. In general it’s almost impossible to be a regular part of the team without at least 5-10 hours a week dedicated to the Infrastructure team.

Also note, if you are going to be away, let us know. As a volunteer we can’t possibly ask you to always be around all the time. Even if you’re in the middle of a project and have to stop, let us know. Nothing is worse then thinking someone is working on something or will be around and they’re just not. Really, we all understand, got a test coming up? Busier at work then normal? Going on a vacation? It doesn’t matter, just let us know when you’re going to be gone and what you’re working on so it doesn’t get forgotten.

Additionally don’t forget that its worth it to discuss with your employer about giving time during work. They may be all for it.

Prove Yourself

This is one of the most difficult aspects of getting involved with our team. We can’t just give access to everyone who asks for it and often actually doing work without access is difficult. Some of the best things you can do are:

  • Keep bugging people for work. It shows you’re committed.

  • Go through bugs, look at stale bugs and close bugs that have been fixed

  • Try to duplicate bugs on your workstation and fix them there

Above all stick with it. Part of proving yourself is also to show the time commitment it actually does take.

Doing Work

Once you’ve been sponsored for a team its generally your job to find what work needs to be done in the ticketing system. Be proactive about this. The tickets can be found at:

When you find a ticket that interests you contact your sponsor or the ticket owner and offer help. While you’re getting used to the way things work, don’t be offput by someone saying no or you can’t work on that. It happens, sometimes it’s a security thing, sometimes it’s a "I’m half way through it and I’m not happy with where it is" thing. Just move on to the next ticket and go from there.

Also don’t be surprised if some of the work involved includes testing on your own workstation. Just setup a virtual environment and get to work! There’s a lot of work that can be done to prove yourself that involves no access at all. Doing this kind of work is a sure fire way to get in to more groups and get more involved. Don’t be afraid to take on tasks you don’t already know how to do. But don’t take on something you know you won’t be able to do. Ask for help when you need it and keep in contact with your sponsor.


Things we do gets done in Ansible. It is important that you not make changes directly on servers. This is for many reasons but just always make changes in Ansible. If you want to get more familiar with Ansible, set it up yourself and give it a try. The docs are available at https://docs.ansible.com/

Our Setup

Most of our work is done via bastion.fedoraproject.org. That host has access to our other hosts, many of which are all over the globe. We have a vpn solution setup so that knowing where the servers physically are is only important when troubleshooting things. When you first get granted access to one of the sysadmin-* groups, the first place you should turn is bastion.fedoraproject.org then from there ssh to batcave01.

We also have an architecture repo available in our git repo. To get a copy of this repo just:

dnf install git
git clone https://pagure.io/fedora-infrastructure.git

This will allow you to look through (and help fix) some of our scripts as well as have access to our architectural documentation. Become familiar with those docs if you’re curious. There’s always room to do better documentation so if you’re interested just ping your sponsor and ask about it.

Our Rules

The Fedora Infrastructure Team does have some rules. First is the security policy. Please ensure you are compliant with:

before logging in to any of our servers. Many of those items rely on the honor system.

Additionally note that any of the software we deploy must be available in Fedora. There are some rare exceptions to this (particularly as it relates to specific applications to Fedora). But each exception is taken on a case by case basis.